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  • Ultrafab Inc. founded in Victor, N.Y., in 1970 kicks off a year long celebration of its 40th anniversary  this month. The company got its start manufacturing components for the office products industry. By the 1980’s, it established its ultrasonically welded pile weatherseals as a popular woption for indow and door manufacturers due to ease of insertion and the ability to keep the pile... more »
  • Thermal Line Windows is changing its name to THV Compozit Windows & Doors, which is the name of the company’s top selling, primary product line. With a plant in Mandan, N.D., Thermal Line has been building composite windows since 1989 and were one of the first manufacturers to do so, the company reports. "The THV Compozit Windows & Doors name better represents who we are as a... more »
  • The manufacturer of Alside brand windows and siding, Associated Materials LLC, is being acquired by Hellman & Friedman LLC, a private equity investment firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and London.  Investcorp and Harvest Partners, current owners of Associated Materials, plan to sell the company in a transaction valued at approximately $1.3 billion.  "With its... more »
  • Les Portes Decko Inc. is investing $6 million to purchase a new 70,000 square feet plant in Terrebonne, Que., Canada, as well as new production and assembly equipment. The move comes in response to growing demand for the company's vinyl patio doors, as well as its aluminum/vinyl combination doors. "In order to stay competitive, we have to be very efficient during the assembly of a patio door... more »
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) recently toured Crystal Window & Door Systems' primary production facility in Flushing, N.Y.  During her visit, she viewed the manufacturer's display showroom, its double- and triple-pane insulating glass fabrication operations, and the assembly operations for its energy efficient window models. Senator Gillibrand with Crystal's Thomas Chen.... more »
  • Integrated Automation Systems is introducing an automated and integrated gas filling system that reduces the labor per unit for gas filling by up to 90 percent and krypton loss per fill from 50 percent to essentially zero, according to the company. The first OptiGas unit will be on display at GlassBuild next week in the booth of FeneTech, the developer of Fenevision ERP software for window... more »
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has announced plans for its national fall conference, scheduled for October 10-13 in Santa Ana Pueblo (Albuquerque), N.M.  The event will feature a keynote speech by Chris Nelson of UL Environment, who will give an overview of the importance of third-party validation and certification of sustainable products. Nelson's talk will look at how... more »
  • Strybuc Industries recently completed the acquisition of Replacement Hardware Manufacturing Co. Inc. based in Hialeah, Fla. The move is designed to further Strybuc's commitment to the region and solidify its position in the Florida and Caribbean marketplace, the company reports. Established in 1981, Replacement Hardware's strength is its strong emphasis in high performance patio door rollers,... more »
  • A seminar focusing on increasing sales and reducing costs in metal fenestration "system distribution" through the use of punching tools and production and design software's connected to CNC machines is being hosted by Tekna USA Corp. in conjunction with GlassBuild America. Europe is already a matured system distribution oriented market, the company reports, and North America is... more »
  • Bonneville Windows & Doors, based in Ste. Marie de Beauce, Que., plans to implement the 360 Innovations Suite360, a system that integrates  BusinessCore360 ERP software and CustomBuild360, a front-end solution for dealers and distributors, according to software provider 360 Solutions. “During our initial evaluation, we were looking for a BOM configurator, MRP and quoting software... more »